California Fig Fruitcake


people discussing
Join In Now

Hungry for more?

Explore thousands of top-rated recipes on!

Find recipes now

Now Watching: {{ playlist.onNowText }}

Up Next: {{ playlist.upNextText }}

2hrs 30mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine figs, raisins, dates, pears & pineapple in a large bowl with the sherry. Marinate overnight at room temp covered with plastic wrap.
  2. The next day, simmer apricots in nectar 10 minutes & then cool. Drain marinated fruits (save sherry!) & add apricots after draining (add nectar to drained sherry).
  3. Grease & line bottom of 5 baby loaf pans (5 5/8 x 3 1/4 x 1 7/8 inch) with brown paper (grease again after laying paper in pans). I have used a 12 cup bundt pan with good results - increasing cooking time by 30 minutes & then checking with toothpick.
  4. Sift together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder & cinnamon.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter & sugar until light & fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add Lemon extract or zest & vanilla & mix. Add flour, baking powder & cinnamon to wet ingredients & mix lightly to make batter.
  6. Using remaining 1/4 cups of flour to dredge fruits & nuts in a separate bowl.
  7. Add fruit & nuts to batter & blend well.
  8. Pour into prepared pans & place in COLD oven on middle rack. Put a pan of cold water in bottom of oven & turn oven on to 250 degrees F.
  9. Bake 2 hours until golden & tester comes out clean. Cool cakes on wire rack. Remove brown paper while still warm.
  10. Wrap each fruitcake in cheesecloth moistened with sherry/nectar & then in heavy weight aluminum foil.
  11. Refrigerate 2 to 4 weeks, moistening with sherry when cheesecloth seems to be getting dry.
  12. For gift-giving, overwrap with red cellophane & top with a bow.

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a